The Resource In the light of science : our ancient quest for knowledge and the measure of modern physics, Demetris Nicolaides

In the light of science : our ancient quest for knowledge and the measure of modern physics, Demetris Nicolaides

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In the light of science : our ancient quest for knowledge and the measure of modern physics
Title
In the light of science
Title remainder
our ancient quest for knowledge and the measure of modern physics
Statement of responsibility
Demetris Nicolaides
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"The birth of science in ancient Greece had a historical impact that is still being felt today. Physicist Demetris Nicolaides examines the epochal shift in thinking that led pre-Socratic philosophers of the sixth and fifth centuries BCE to abandon the prevailing mythologies of the age and, for the first time, to analyze the natural world in terms of impersonal, rationally understood principles. He argues not only that their conceptual breakthroughs anticipated much of later science but that scientists of the twenty-first century are still grappling with the fundamental problems raised twenty-five hundred years ago. Looking at the vast sweep of human history, the author delves into the factors that led to the birth of science: urbanization, the role of religion, and in Greece a progressive intellectual curiosity that was unafraid to question tradition. Why did the first scientific approach to understanding the world take place in Greece? The author makes a convincing case that, aside from factors of geography and politics, the power of the Greek language and a cultural proclivity for critical thinking played a large role. In the Light of Science is a unique approach to the history of science revealing the important links between the ancient past and the present scientific endeavor to understand the universe"--
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Nicolaides, Demetris
Index
index present
LC call number
Q124.95
LC item number
.N53 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Science, Ancient
  • Science
  • Science
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In the light of science : our ancient quest for knowledge and the measure of modern physics, Demetris Nicolaides
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references ( pages 237-251) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
From chaos to order. Plato's parable of the cave ; What is science? ; Urbanization ; The mythological era ; Religion and science ; The birth of science -- The pre-Socratics in light of modern physics. Close encounter of the tenth kind ; Thales and sameness ; Anaximander and the infinite ; Anaximenes and density ; Pythagoras and numbers ; Heraclitus and change ; Parmenides and oneness ; Zeno and motion ; Empedocles and elements ; Anaxagoras and nous ; Democritus and atoms
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
266 pages
Isbn
9781615922253
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Lccn
2014023883
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • 4478070-01okla_normanlaw
  • (SIRSI)4478070
  • (Sirsi) o871061616
  • (OCoLC)871061616
Label
In the light of science : our ancient quest for knowledge and the measure of modern physics, Demetris Nicolaides
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references ( pages 237-251) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
From chaos to order. Plato's parable of the cave ; What is science? ; Urbanization ; The mythological era ; Religion and science ; The birth of science -- The pre-Socratics in light of modern physics. Close encounter of the tenth kind ; Thales and sameness ; Anaximander and the infinite ; Anaximenes and density ; Pythagoras and numbers ; Heraclitus and change ; Parmenides and oneness ; Zeno and motion ; Empedocles and elements ; Anaxagoras and nous ; Democritus and atoms
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
266 pages
Isbn
9781615922253
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Lccn
2014023883
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • 4478070-01okla_normanlaw
  • (SIRSI)4478070
  • (Sirsi) o871061616
  • (OCoLC)871061616

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